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Review: The Scar (Michael Weiner)

The Scar
Michael Weiner

ScarAs a homicide detective, David Seff witnesses some of the most gruesome things life has to offer. He puts his life in danger everyday that he comes to work, visits perilous areas most people wouldn't step foot in, and deals with the scum of the earth. Catching criminals is what David Seff does best. This is why he was chosen to lead a task force to discover who shot and killed the well-respected Reverend Michael. At first the detective thought it was a random act of violence, but it turns out to be the first victim of a homicidal serial killer. Will Detective Seff catch the mysterious man causing hysteria amongst the people of Pennsylvania, or will there be no end to the bloodshed?

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I was worried that it might be too graphic and not suited to my taste. But I must say, this turned out to be a great read! It was graphic (it doesn't take much for me to get queasy), but the story itself was compelling. The entire time I was reading I couldn't refrain from imagining a CSI episode. That's how great the story read.

The main characters are Detective Seff and Kevin Mason. Detective Seff came across as the strong, silent type. He was very calculated with his actions. He was a very well thought out character, and I really enjoyed his role in the story. Kevin, the main police suspect, wasn't featured much in the story. The entire novel was spent looking for this missing person. However, in the process you do get a pretty good understanding of what type of person Kevin is. There were some other characters throughout the story, but they didn't stand out that much.

One of the things that does stand out the most for me was the complicated plot. There were so many twists and turns! The complex plot made putting the book down hard to do. Uunfortunately, there isn't a whole lot that I can say about the book without spoiling the ending. The killer has an unique gift (curse?) that allows him to see all the past actions of anyone he touches. This ability leads the killer to identify people that have managed to escape the traditional justice system because their vicious actions have gone undetected. It was interesting to read about the "victims" and how their public appearance was completely different from their true inner natures.

I think the most haunting aspect of this book is the fact that a lot of the horrible events that took place are things that could probably happen in real life. I watch the news each night and am appalled by the horrible acts that people commit against one another. If you're like me and tend to be a little sensitive about such matters, this might not be the best book for you. But, if you're looking for a fast paced murder mystery then you would certainly enjoy this book.

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